FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2009
DNR is accepting applications for seasonal jobs
Firefighters and Washington Conservation Corps members are needed
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for Forest Firefighter and Natural Resource Worker positions for the 2009 fire season, which begins April 15, 2009. More than 350 positions will be available statewide.
The department is also recruiting for summer positions in the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC).
The deadline for seasonal job applications varies by region of the state – most are due by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2009. For complete job listings and more information, visit http://www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/Employment/Pages/Home.aspx or go to www.DNR.wa.gov and select the “Jobs” link.
“As a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years in Eastern Washington, I can attest to the value of the experience and training you will get as a wildland firefighter,” said Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark.
This is an opportunity for students who want to earn college tuition and educational loan repayment vouchers while working outdoors in Washington’s wildland – and get paid for the experience.
Positions available include Forest Firefighter, an entry-level position that does not require previous experience in natural resources work. DNR also is hiring seasonal Natural Resource Workers with natural resource-related experience to help lead work crews.
All Firefighter positions require:
• A valid driver’s license and two years of driving experience,
• An acceptable driving record free of serious violations,
• A high school diploma or G.E.D., and
• Successful completion of a physical fitness/work capacity test.
DNR will provide training to entry-level forest firefighters. Some positions will be eligible for a $1,250 AmeriCorps Educational Award.
Washington Conservation Corps
The mission of the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) is to conserve and enhance the natural resources of Washington and to help young adults enrich themselves by providing a meaningful work and service experience. The WCC provides the opportunity for corpsmembers to learn valuable job skills and receive training while working on environmental stewardship projects.
The Cooperative WCC Program currently has teams based in: Spokane County, Okanogan County, Kittitas County, Klickitat County, King County, Skagit County, and Thurston County.
Corpsmembers are paid the current Washington State minimum wage, receive a basic health insurance package, and have the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps Education Award voucher that can be used to pay for tuition at an institution of higher education (trade schools included) or to repay qualified student loans.
After successful completion of the WCC service term, members will receive an education award voucher for $4,725 (1 year / 1,700-hour service term) or $2,363 (6 month / 900-hour service term). The voucher is good for up to seven years.
In addition to the Education Award, qualified student loans may be placed in forbearance status during a corpsmember's term of service. AmeriCorps will pay the interest accrued on the loan(s) for members who successfully complete their term of service.
To be eligible for a WCC position, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and not yet 26; be a U.S. citizen (to be eligible for the AmeriCorps Education Award), and be currently living in Washington. No previous experience is required.
DNR’s wildfire mission
Led by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR is responsible for preventing and fighting wildfires on 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestland. DNR is the state’s largest on-call fire department and works with local and federal firefighters to help protect rapidly urbanizing rural lands, as well as federal forestlands.
DNR is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial, and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and disabled and Vietnam-era veterans are encouraged to apply.
Due to the impact on the health and safety of state residents, fire fighting positions are exempted from the current hiring freeze that applies to Washington state agencies and higher education institutions.
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